If guidebooks mention this place at all, it is usually referred to as a bar that also serves snacks, but we got much more than that. When we were visiting the island at the end of December/beginning of January, none of the restaurants was open, but this place took us in every night and served us some really wonderful food. OK, so the two brothers (that's what "irmaos" means) don't speak a word of English, and there is no such thing as a menu (at least at that time of the year), you simply get THE dish of the night, but each of the six nights we ate there, we left full to bursting point and very happy indeed. Some obvious limitations in the stock they keep meant that we had drunk them out of our favourite wine by the third night (and before you say i'm a lush, we only had one bottle with each dinner!), but there were other good wines and a reasonable selection of whiskies and other spirits to make up for it. Also, the whole family would eat in the dining room with us, which gave it a cosy feeling. As i said, they don't speak English, so any communication was limited to my almost non-existent Portuguese, but even so, the brothers made us feel extremely welcome, and it's obvious their wives put a lot of love into their cooking! It is also amazingly cheap, as we never paid more than 30 euros for the two of us (including wine and whisky!), which is nothing considering the quantity and quality.
Favorite Dish: Everything was simple, plain, wholesome and hearty here, and very nice with it. Not the type of place for a serious gourmet, obviously, but whether it's the alcatra da Terceira or the bacalhau, the kingsize pork cutlet or the incredible bean stew, you could taste the high quality of the ingredients with every bite. And since we got whatever the family themselves happened to be eating that night, it was of course as lovingly prepared as can be.
Hotel Ocidental organises daytrips all year round, by a small boat, to visit this island. When inland, a bus, provided by local municipality, transfers you to the lake.
You need to book one day in advance, and a group of at least 6 people is needed.